Saturday, July 05, 2014
I've taken a couple of weeks holiday and have been using my time searching for boats, planning paintings and generally working like crazy on the art side of my life. Funny how we think of holidays as relaxation - seems that's not on the cards for me much, but I do fit in some lounging time to sit with my coffee or wine in a chair in the garden.
I travelled all over the Burin Peninsula for three days, searching every cove and harbour for wooden boats. Armed with a tireless driver and knowledgeable navigator, boats were found but it did take some looking. The trend is towards fibreglass boats instead of the traditional wooden boats and I can understand the change, as it makes fishing easier with low maintenance and lightweight structures. But the lines and shapes of a handmade wooden boat are things of beauty and its sad that they are becoming harder and harder to find.
The boat that is reknowned in this region is the Grandy Dory, a large sturdy fishing boat used for generations of inshore fishermen. It proved very difficult to find one in the water, but finally on a day that was pouring with rain, one turned up.
I am creating working sketches to go along with the paintings for my wooden boat series. I'm using pen and wash to create the sketches, along with notes and additional information about location and boats that will be included in a small book about the paintings.